A week ago, Anita Roddick passed away and left a massive void in the world of compassionate and go getting people.
I had the privilege of hearing her talk twice in the last 12 months, and both times her commitment and passion for what she does shone through. She took no prisoners and said what she meant without mincing any words.
Anita Roddick devoted her life to ethical causes, and almost single handedly dragged the ecological movement into the mainstream. She made saving the planet fashionable and an issue that is now foremost in the minds of most sensible people.
Her last few months were tough for her as she had a debalitating disease which made her acutely aware of her own and everyone else’s mortality. This is what she said:-
“What I can say is that having the disease means that I live with a sharp sense of my own mortality, which in many ways makes life more vivid and immediate,”
And she further added words that can be a lasting reminder for all of us to heed and apply in our lives:-
“It makes me even more determined to just get on with things.”
Such was Anita Roddick’s characteristic determination and unending optimism.
So the lesson for us all, apart from to continue her work and save our planet, is also to make the most of what we have and the limited time on this planet.
It really is time to make things happen.
So ask your self these 3 questions:-
1. What major thing will you no longer stop yourself from doing?
2. What one thing must you do in your lifetime?
3. When will you begin?
It is indeed time to make things happen.